Commercial Alley: Roy Green
Opening: Friday August 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
The City of Victoria’s creative partnership with Open Space Arts Society has transformed the west wall of the Youth Empowerment Society building in Commercial Alley’s busy thoroughfare into an accessible, outdoor public art gallery. On August 15, in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival, the alley located between the 500 block of Yates Street and Bastion Square will feature Commercial Alley’s second installation of four new works by painter, performance artist, and poet Roy Green.
Green’s commissioned works will feature a four-panel quartet of birds both iconic and indigenous to Vancouver Island: the great blue heron, the pileated woodpecker, the rufous hummingbird, and the red-winged blackbird. As with the inaugural work by Other (a.k.a. Troy Lovegates), Green’s painted depictions will be installed on the west wall of the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, this time to enliven the space for six months.
Green’s series not only captures the spirit of some of the island’s favourite winged cousins but also speaks to humanity’s timeless preoccupation with flight and admiration of birds, evidenced throughout the histories of art, symbolism, and spirituality.
Open Space would like to invite one and all to the unveiling of Commercial Alley’s newest display of works by Roy Green on the evening of August 15, 2014, in concert with the city-wide celebration of artistic communities in Victoria, the Integrate Arts Festival.
For more information on Open Space's participation in the Integrate Arts Festival visit integratearts.ca/events/.